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Jim Cox Report: July 2024

Dear Publisher Folk, Friends & Family:

Here is a rather alarming citation that was brought to my attention by book publicist Justin Loeber -- According to the National Wildlife Federation: Each year, 640,000 tons of books end up in landfills.

I was watching television when the founder of something called the Internet Archive was being interviewed and I first heard about The Way Back Machine.

The Way Back Machine (also known as the Internet Archive) is a non-profit on-line library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more.

The Way Back Machine, a.k.a. The Internet Archive

This is a simply massive website -- but very nicely organized and user friendly in design. Of special note for we dedicated bibliophiles are the following sections:

Folkscanomy: A library of books.

The Magazine Rack: A collection of digitized magazines and monthly publications.

College/University Consortium Collections: Boston, Wellesey, Massachusetts, etc.

Books by Language: A collection of texts by language.

Journals: A collection of scholarly literature created by experts and professionals in their fields. Included are theses, books, abstracts and articles.

Comic Books and Graphic Novels: Collections of Comic Books and Graphic Novels

The Pulp Magazine Archive: Inexpensive fiction magazines published from 1896 through the 1950s.

Newspapers: The newspapers in this collection have been scanned as part of a pilot project using microfilm and microfiche. After using a microfilm/fiche scanner to create a digital image of each page, we process the resulting images so that each reel is contained in a single item with easily navigable files.

Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library: A library in the University of Toronto, constituting the largest repository of publicly accessible rare books and manuscripts in Canada.

The Library of Congress: Question or comment about digitized items from the Library of Congress that are presented on this website? You can use the Library of Congress 'Ask a Librarian' form.

Quote of the Month:

"If you donít like to read, you havenít found the right book." -- J.K. Rowling

Website of the Month:

Judith Briles Books

"The Midwest Book Review Postage Stamp Hall Of Fame & Appreciation" is a monthly roster of well-wishers and supporters. These are the generous folk who decided to say 'thank you' and 'support the cause' that is the Midwest Book Review by donating to our postage stamp fund.

Barbara Gaughan-Muller
Malcolm Bell -- "Overdue Heresies"
James Lowell Hall -- "Prairie Roots"
Dipka Mukherjee -- "Writer's Postcards"
Patsy Stagner -- "The Long Road to Texas"
Tabatha Yeatts -- "Imperfect" & "Imperfect II"
David Horn -- "Sylvia Locke and the Three Bears"
Joyce Wycoff -- "Sarana's Gift" & "Gratitude Miracles"
Mary McSwain Steele -- "Times They Are A-Changing"
Meira Rosenberg -- "Indiana Bamboo" & "Days of Neon"
Flint Whitlock -- "D-Day: The Invasion That Saved Civilization"
Theresa Werba -- "What Was And Is: Formal Poetry and Free Verse"
Steve Crane -- "The Military Experience: How It Could Impact Your Future"
Judith Briles -- The Book Shepherd
Elizabeth Frazier -- Waldmania! PR

In lieu of (or in addition to!) postage stamp donations, we also accept PayPal gifts of support to our postage stamp fund for what we try to accomplish in behalf of the small press community.

Simply log onto your PayPal account and direct your kindness (in any amount and at your discretion) to the Midwest Book Review at: SupportMBR [at] (The @ is replaced by "[at]" in the above email address, in an attempt to avoid email-harvesting spambots.)

If you have postage stamps to donate, or if you have a book you'd like considered for review, then send those postage stamps (always appreciated, never required), or a published copy of that book (no galleys, uncorrected proofs, or Advance Reading Copies), accompanied by a cover letter and some form of publicity release to my attention at the address below.

All of the previous issues of the "Jim Cox Report" are archived on the Midwest Book Review website at If you'd like to receive the "Jim Cox Report" directly (and for free), just send me an email asking to be signed up for it.

So until next time -- goodbye, good luck, and good reading!

Jim Cox
Midwest Book Review
278 Orchard Drive, Oregon, WI, 53575

James A. Cox
Midwest Book Review
278 Orchard Drive
Oregon, WI 53575-1129
phone: 1-608-835-7937

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